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Lesson 23

Jesus explained to the crowds that followed him that no one could understand his teachings and believe in him unless they were called to him by God. Jesus Knew they  followed him for a free meal, not because they wanted to get closer to God. Even though they saw his miracles and heard his words they did not believe. What did Jesus say God wanted the people to do? In disbelief, what kind of proof did the people ask for? Was Jesus already giving them their proof? Who has eternal life? When will Jesus raise up his followers? What will they be raised from?

John 6:23-40 International Children’s Bible
23 But then some boats came from Tiberias. They landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 The people saw that Jesus and his followers were not there now. So they got into boats and went to Capernaum. They wanted to find Jesus. 25 The people found Jesus on the other side of the lake. They asked him, “Teacher, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus answered, “Are you looking for me because you saw me do miracles? No! I tell you the truth. You are looking for me because you ate the bread and were satisfied. 27 Earthly food spoils and ruins. So don’t work to get that kind of food. But work to get the food that stays good always and gives you eternal life. The Son of Man will give you that food. God the Father has shown that he is with the Son of Man.” 28 The people asked Jesus, “What are the things God wants us to do?” 29 Jesus answered, “The work God wants you to do is this: to believe in the One that God sent.” 30 So the people asked, “What miracle will you do? If we can see a miracle, then we will believe you. What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the desert. This is written in the Scriptures: ‘God gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth. Moses was not the one who gave you bread from heaven. But my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 God’s bread is the One who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 The people said, “Sir, give us this bread always.” 35 Then Jesus said, “I am the bread that gives life. He who comes to me will never be hungry. He who believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But as I told you before, you have seen me, and still you don’t believe. 37 The Father gives me the people who are mine. Every one of them will come to me, and I will always accept them. 38 I came down from heaven to do what God wants me to do. I did not come to do what I want to do. 39 I must not lose even one of those that God has given me, but I must raise them up on the last day. This is what the One who sent me wants me to do. 40 Everyone who sees the Son and believes in him has eternal life. I will raise him up on the last day. This is what my Father wants.”

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